Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! I've been holding off on posting my top reads for 2014 because I was cramming in books the last few days of the year. Too bad I wasn't able to finish Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park because I'm sure it would have made the list. Alas, I couldn't contain my Park feels so I stopped reading to reorient myself. Anyway, I'm blabbing yet again!

I think there's only one book in here which wasn't published in 2014 but heya, the paperback was released in 2014. So I once again, mostly read books released in the year. Without further ado, here are my favorite books last year!

REBEL by Amy Tintera (linked is my review)

I mean, REBOOT (linked is my review) made into the Top 13 Books I Read in 2013, so just imagine my anticipation for the sequel and finale. I was so lucky to get an ARC back in January from National Book Store of REBEL and I remember immediately reading it when I got my hands on it. And I mean IMMEDIATELY. I can't even count how many times I've re-read this duology, guys. I love it so so much, I don't think it's healthy. Goodness.
Amy Tintera will rock your Reboot-loving insides until you're growing a second heart just so there's more space to love Rebel. I had high expectations for Rebel but it blew all of them out into ether. I asked for a lot in this finale and I got them all and more. So much more. I can't even remember how many times I've re-read Reboot and Rebel. Guys, if you haven't started this duology yet, I'm telling you, YOU. SHOULD. START. NOW.

It's such a travesty that I haven't reviewed this book but that's what usually happens when I love the book so much that I can never find the words that will justify how much I love it. I did make a playlist for it if you're interested. And oh, I love it so much (and Elizabeth Fama) that I organized an event called #CountdowntoPlusOne leading to its release. And I also organized blog tours (one and two) for it. Bottomline: I LOVE THIS BOOK. READ THIS BOOK.
You did it again, Beth. You twisted and tore my heart like the Day/Night divide twisted and tore a society and its people. You are an amazing writer Beth and I hope the whole world gets to know that. <3

Duh, it's a given that this will be in here because Jennifer E. Smith!!! I am the administrator of JenniferESmithPH and I actually read this book in an airport and in a plane. I can still smile on cue when I remember how the beautiful words just washed over me and transported me into that magical place only a few authors can put me.
The Geography of You and Me will take you to London, Paris, Scotland, California, Michigan and everywhere else, grabbing your heart without you knowing it. At the end of it, you'll feel the urge to travel, live and love. Such a great read.

The only book in this list not published in 2014. I remember begging to join the blog tour for this because it felt like the only chance I can read the book. And boy, did this book sweep me off my feet.
It will make you laugh, feel, think and all you'll ever want from a book. It's not a romance but it features love, most importantly, love for life. The Paradox of Vertical Flight will take you to a road trip of philosophically epic proportions. I cannot recommend this enough!

My review for this book is still under construction because I still feel like crying again when I think of it. I know that it's a very divisive book but I don't care that I was sort of stupid for not figuring anything out but man, THE PROSE.
"Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments."

E. Lockhart, you delivered more than small astonishments.

Yes, my spazzing review for this is still in my drafts. Along with this post as good as a shrine for Peter Kavinsky. It just made me feel so much giddiness and I can't find any fault in it. Like I can't find any fault in Peter Kavinsky. Hahahihi. Yes, I revert to a schoolgirl whenever it's about Peter Kavinsky. But in all seriousness, I love the family dynamics in here because it's very realistic. Sigh, so cute.
PETER KAVINSKY. That's all you ever really need to know. Well, not. Because while I highly (absolutely, utterly, undeniably, certi-friggin-ably, all-the-superlative-adverbs) enjoyed and loved the romance, I ultimately gave this five stars because of the family side. I love families in YA so SO MUCH.

No review for this yet but I will be dedicating an entire week for this book in the blog soon. Because I love it that much. Here's my blurb for the book right after I finished it:

So much ache. So much love. To quote the book:

It feels good, and it still hurts.

That's exactly how I feel. I'm so glad I read the book and it blew me away but it really broke me too at five in the morning.

Cristina Moracho, you owe me a night's sleep but I'd gladly give it to you all if you keep on writing books like this.
And I also said this about the book:
Grittily beautiful - that’s how I’d describe this under the radar gem. The novel was set in the 90s and all the nostalgic feelings just add more dimension and emotions to this already emotion-filled book. You wouldn’t realize it at first but then you’d get thrown aback by how fluid the flow of the words are. The characters are messy and real and raw and this is how I like my contemporary novels. To all those people who look down on YA as sub-par, read this book and go cry in the corner because you haven’t been more wrong in your life.

I read this book just a few days ago but yes, it got into this list. I just love how ridiculous the plot is but how real Travis's concerns and thoughts are. How relatable. And he's got such a funny voice and character.
I was laughing all the time then almost crying the next second but the tears won't fall because he'll have me chuckling again. I love Travis Coates. The raves have all been true. You HAVE to read this gem.

And not pictured in here are two more books I read as ebooks and loved!

This book put Emery Lord in my auto-buy and auto-spazz list. She just writes friendships, families, and romance so so good. I don't know how she does it but this book is summer contemporary romance perfection. There, I said it.
I love it. SO. MUCH. The perfect summer read. Love the characters, the plot, the music, everything. I just EMERY LORD, YOU SLAY ME.

Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)Savage Delight (Lovely Vicious, #2)Brutal Precious (Lovely Vicious, #3)

Absolutely my favorite contemporary series OF ALL TIME. 2014 was seriously the year of LOVELY VICIOUS. The first book (linked is my review) was published back in 2013 but I read it in 2014. Needless to say, I waited for the next books and it was torture. I just want to know what happens next and I just want to spend more time with the characters. And I think I pushed this book to so many people I even gifted it to them. YES. I love these characters and this series that much.
Viciously amazing.

P.S. Of course I cheated. There are actually 12 books in here but hey, I count the Lovely Vicious series as one.

So, that's it! I feel bad that most of these books haven't been reviewed in the blog. 2014 was the year of the slumpsssss and I hope 2015 will be better and that I'll actually be able to review these books come next year.

How about you? What are your top reads for 2014? Leave a link in the comments section if you've posted one and I'll be sure to visit!


  1. The Geography of You and Me was so good! I enjoyed Open Road Summer also, wish I had gotten around to Reboot and Rebel, but alas I did not :-(
    Glad that you enjoyed these!

    Em @

    1. Oh my, I hope you do get to read REBOOT and REBEL this 2015 though because they are amazing! And no more waiting for anything because the duology is complete. Yes, THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME was <333 and OPEN ROAD SUMMER was so fun! Thanks for stopping by, Em!

  2. I forgot how nerdy the #CountdownToPlusOne was! We are quite the pair, Dianne. Here's to being goofy together in 2015!

    1. But we excel in nerdy! I'm looking forward to more too this 2015 for us! Thank you so much, Beth!


  3. Yay! Eleanor & Park is fantastic! Love that book to the nth level but Fangirl is my best book of Rainbow Rowell so far. Happy Reading!

    1. I just finished it and YES, it was fantastic! I haven't read FANGIRL but I hope to get to it this year! Thanks for dropping by, Sharmaine!

  4. So many books I haven't gotten around to reading yet but you make them sound so good that I just have to bump them up. I think I'm going to have to be heading to the library soon. xD

    1. This just made my day! I'm so happy these books are being bumped up in your list. I do hope you get to read them soon and that you'll like them, Ash! Thanks for stopping by!


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